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GTX 470 SLI or ATI 5850 Crossfire

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July 16, 2010 9:41:26 PM

I am building my new system tomorrow and can't decide which card to get i got options for 470's and 1 option for 5850 please let me know which one you think and then which card


this is the 470's
http://www.microcenter.com/search/compare_products.phtm...

this is the 5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a c 125 U Graphics card
July 16, 2010 9:46:52 PM

GTX470 > 5850

If it's on the table, get SLI GTX 470s as they should perform a fair bit better.
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a b U Graphics card
July 16, 2010 9:48:19 PM

470's and make sure you get a hefty PSU
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July 16, 2010 9:52:43 PM

i am getting Corsair TX 850 Watt ATX 12v powersupply
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a c 376 U Graphics card
July 16, 2010 10:10:14 PM

Just be aware that dual GTX 470s are going to use a ton of power and give off a lot of heat. Two GTX 460 1gb cards are probably what I would go for if I was building a dual card setup right now. Great card for the money and much lower power/heat than the 470.
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July 16, 2010 10:32:46 PM

i am making it to get as close to max settings on FFXIV and run smoothly
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July 16, 2010 10:48:28 PM

lol? a single 470 would be more than enough to max out that game. its an MMO being built on an old software engine.

to answer the question though, a 470 is more powerful than a 5850 and SLI scales better than crossfire. so the Nv solution owuld offer better performance.
however the 470 consumes much more power, puts out much more heat and is considerably noisier.

Given that crossfired 5850s will run anything for a long time to come, i would prefer them due to the better efficiency of the cards. but if you only care about performance, Nv is the way to go.
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July 16, 2010 10:57:09 PM

welshmousepk said:
lol? a single 470 would be more than enough to max out that game. its an MMO being built on an old software engine.

to answer the question though, a 470 is more powerful than a 5850 and SLI scales better than crossfire. so the Nv solution owuld offer better performance.
however the 470 consumes much more power, puts out much more heat and is considerably noisier.

Given that crossfired 5850s will run anything for a long time to come, i would prefer them due to the better efficiency of the cards. but if you only care about performance, Nv is the way to go.


Got my system up and running today and just did a few FFXIV benchmark runs.

he wasnt even close to max with 1 GTX 480 so how is 1 470 going to do it...yes i know benchmarks sucks but still
i7 930 @ 3.5GHz (Can probably reach 4GHz+ but haven't tried yet).
EVGA GTX 480 (not SLI yet) 1500/2000.
6 GB DDR3 G.Skills Tri-Channel @1600.
WIN7 64 bit.
64GB SSD (OS drive).
24" 1920x1200 Monitor.

High: 4,244 @1920x1080 | Load Time:10781
Low: 6,250 @1280x720 | Load Time:10808
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July 16, 2010 11:13:54 PM

venom2 said:
he wasnt even close to max with 1 GTX 480 so how is 1 470 going to do it...

What do you mean by "wasn't even close to max"? He is talking about maxing out the graphical settings and getting smooth framerates. A higher arbitrary score on a benchmark doesn't really say anything about that.
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July 17, 2010 4:17:11 AM

I'm in a similar boat as you, I wanted to get a 470 SLI solution but have decided to hold off until the 475 comes out. It will perform better, run cooler/quieter and consume substantially less power. However thats only me, if you really wanna get an SLI/CFX rig then go for the 470s. They will perform a lot better
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